Are you visiting Montreal? Do you live here and are looking for a fun way to (re)discover your city? You must try this scavenger hunt to visit old Montreal! It will take you around and through the entire perimeter while throwing challenges your way, giving you some history and offer up some local tips.
You will see
- Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
- Lachine Canal
- Montreal’s City Hall
- Montreal Science Center
- Clocktower pier
- Ramesay Castle
- and several other interesting sites!
Because we live here in Montreal, we have crisscrossed Old Montreal enough times to know all the nooks & crannies! This Tourist Scavenger Hunt is particularly dear to us so we hope you enjoy it.
- Starting location: Musée Pointe-à-Callière, 165 Place d’Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B2
- Distance: 5.5 km / 3.42 mi
- Time: 2 h 15 – 2 h 45 – depending on walking speed and riddle-solving time.
- Method: Walking is ideal
- Needed: fully charged Smartphone with internet access to Google, Google Maps, and Wikipedia
- bottled water (convenience stores can be found along the route where you can buy some)
- local street map or tourist map of old Montreal
- courage to ask questions of locals if you need help!
- Pen and paper could also be used unless you have other people with smartphones who can take notes.
Montreal was founded in 1642 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve gave his name to many landmarks in this city including a large park north of the Olympic Stadium in the east end and to an east-west major artery which runs through downtown. This scavenger hunt, however, will keep you in Old Montreal.
Consequently, around the midway point, you will be standing in front of Maisonneuve’s statue. The hunt will take you from, what seems like, one end to the other of Old Montreal. You will walk along the Old Port and zig zag through the cobblestoned narrow streets that are reminiscent of European cities. As well, it might also, to a limited degree, remind you of New Orlean’s French Quarter in certain areas. Throughout this scavenger hunt, you will learn fun historical facts while solving riddles and finding clues that will take you from one location to another.
Incidentally, did you know Montreal celebrated its 375th birthday in 2017? Moreover, did you know that in 2016 alone, Montreal hosted 717 film shoots from local productions to Hollywood and beyond?